This paper compiles the beneficial effects of cocoa polyphenols on human health, especially with regard to cardiovascular and inflammatory diseases, metabolic disorders, and cancer prevention. Their antioxidant properties may be responsible for many of their pharmacological effects, including the inhibition of lipid peroxidation and the protection of… (More)
The naphthoquinone shikonin, a major component of the root of Lithospermum erythrorhizon, now is studied as an anti-inflammatory agent in the treatment of ulcerative colitis (UC). Acute UC was induced in Balb/C mice by oral administration of 5% dextran sodium sulfate (DSS). The disease activity index was evaluated, and a histologic study was carried out.… (More)
We have studied the effects of dihydrocucurbitacin B, a triterpene isolated from Cayaponia tayuya roots, on different models of delayed type hypersensitivity (DTH) in mice, as well as on T-lymphocyte proliferation and the mediators involved. In experiments with mice, dihydrocucurbitacin B inhibited the inflammatory reactions induced by oxazolone,… (More)
INTRODUCTION It is very rare for cerebral infarction to be the first symptom of an intracranial tumour. Only three cases have been reported in which cerebral infarction is thought to have been caused by the arterial compromise triggered by incipient high grade gliomas that are not yet visible in radiological tests. CASE REPORT A 46-year-old male with no… (More)
We report two cases of anesthesia for radical retropubic prostatectomy (RRP) in obese-chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) patients using the combination of epidural anesthesia and non-invasive ventilation (NIV). This technique avoided intubation, general anesthesia and perioperative pulmonary complications.
Cucurbitacin R is known to exhibit an anti-inflammatory effect in different experimental models of inflammation. In this article, we outline the effect of cucurbitacin R on T lymphocyte proliferation, cytokine production, and nuclear factor activation, as well as its influence on various experimental models of delayed-type hypersensitivity (DTH) in mice.… (More)
We tested whether glucocorticoids modulated osteoblast expression of the annexin 1 system, including the ligand and two G-coupled receptors termed formyl-peptide receptor (FPR) and FPR-like-1 (FPRL-1). In Saos-2 cells, rapid up-regulation of FPR mRNA upon cell incubation with dexamethasone (0.01-1 microM) was observed, with significant changes as early as… (More)
Preoperative embolization of meningiomas has been performed in order to reduce surgical hemorrhage during the removal of these vascularized tumors. In this paper we emphasize the fact that occlusion of the tumoral vessels by artificial emboli produces an ischemic necrosis that greatly helps tumor exeresis. This is especially useful in meningiomas of certain… (More)